Newly promoted supervisors may not know their legal responsibilities, and their new positions may go to their heads, which could have severe legal consequences. That’s what happened in a recent California lawsuit.
Mr. Castro-Ramirez had worked as a truck driver in Los Angeles for about four years. He was an excellent employee. He had requested before being hired that he not be given late shifts, as he had to be home by 8:00 PM to put his son on a dialysis machine, something he had done for 15 years. Throughout his employment his supervisors accommodated his request, as they were required to do by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the California law requiring reasonable accommodation for caregivers of people with disabilities.
A newly promoted supervisor came in to the department. He was informed of the accommodation but refused to continue it and gave Mr. Castro-Ramirez a later shift than what he’d had in the past. One of Mr. Castro-Ramirez’s regular customers sent an email to the new supervisor specifically requesting that Castro-Ramirez continue servicing their account at 7 am, but the supervisor told them he was not available. When Mr. Castro-Ramirez complained to the new supervisor and said the former supervisor accommodated him, the new supervisor laughed and said, “